Major projects and activities undertaken by Colin Graham, Causeway Innovation’s founder.
LAUNCHED CAUSEWAY INNOVATION TO DEVELOP INNOVATIVE BUSINESSES & REGIONAL INNOVATION
Worked with startup and growth SME businesses in 12 regions across Australia, coordinated successful bid for $1m funding package for Wide Bay Burnett in Advancing Regional Innovation Program, advised founders of coworking spaces and Innovation Hubs, including Digital Hub, Peregian Beach, Noosa and The Generator, Bundaberg, pictured. Developed programs to develop startup communities in Bundaberg and Gympie. Developed Innovation Master Class aimed at Owner Managers of growth oriented SMEs.
FOUNDING CEO, INNOVATION CENTRE SUNSHINE COAST
Innovation Centre has supported the growth of over 200 startups mainly in tech sectors, creating over 850 direct jobs. Recognised as ‘Regional Incubator of the Year’ shortly after launch (2003) and ranked in the top ten university business incubators in the world in 2013 by UBI Global.
Contributed to early development of Sippy Downs as a university town, helping to secure $12.25m funding for regional broadband infrastructure.
An independent analysis by AEC found the economic output of Innovation Centre businesses was $103m in 2014/15, this would project to $1bn+ over a decade.
For a decade, Colin was the key pioneer in the development of the Sunshine Coast’s regional innovation ecosystem – increasingly recognised as one of the leading entrepreneurial regions in Australia.
ENGAGING TALENT IN THE ENTREPRENEURIAL AGE
Led the Career Innovation Group’s second global research study, ePeople. The report includes a summary of the findings of a survey of 1,200 high-flyers, working in 63 nations.
The project included organising a Career Innovation Forum in Silicon Valley - mixing Global Staffing Directors of major corporates with startup entrepreneurs.
The ePeople research report highlights the most attractive features of an entrepreneurial organisation, and assesses how large established companies can create an entrepreneurial environment that will be attractive and deliver greater performance in future. The Times Newspaper review said: “All CEOs should read it and heed it.”
RGU STUDENT BUSINESS INCUBATOR
Established a Student Business Incubator for the Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, Scotland – one of the first initiatives of its kind in the world. Supported the startup and growth of 15 creative and technology businesses - recognised as the ‘Best Business Support Program in the UK’ in 2001. Part of a Centre for Entrepreneurship delivering core and elective modules to students across the university, from undergraduates to MBAs.
YELLOWBRICK TRAINING & DEVELOPMENT
Cofounder of Yellowbrick Training & Development, established in Glasgow, Scotland - helping businesses to tap into graduate talent.
Led international research project – Delivering the Promise – involving 35 leading businesses in the UK, Canada and USA. Resulting reports gained reviews in Financial Times, Guardian and the Independent. Charles Handy - one of the world’s leading management thinkers - commented “Excellent, lots of good sense, I hope that lots of people read it.”
Built reputation as a global authority in graduate recruitment and development with clients in UK and North America.
INTERNATIONAL MARKETING WITH DULUX
International Product Manger with ICI Paints – since acquired by AkzoNobel - focused on the Dulux Brand. Organised one week Marketing Training Course for 16 product managers from 11 countries in the UK, attended International Marketing Managers Conference in Paris and produced ‘Marketing Planning - World’s Best Practice’ guide in collaboration with the Cranfield School of Management.